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William Edward QUILL

Regimental number1252
Place of birthPenshurst, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGlenthompson, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinT Von Leeben, Glenthompson, Victoria
Enlistment date4 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded MM; wounded Gallipoli.
FateKilled in Action 1 September 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot V, Row A, Grave No. I), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward QUILL and Teresa VON LEVEN, Glenthompson, Victoria

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on night 10th/11th November, 1917, in vicinity of BROODSEINDE near YPRES. Whilst in close support, these men [QUILL and 727 W.A. GORNALL] heard calls for help coming from a demolished and detached machine gun post; in spite of very heavy enemy shell fire they quickly proceeded to the spot, and dug out five injured men. They then guided stretcher bearers to the post and helped to carry the wounded. But for their gallant act the wounded would have remained exposed to very bad weather conditions all night, and their courageous conduct undoubtedly saved the machine gun and crew. Their immediate action and personal disregard of danger was most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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